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Die Dompas Moet Brand! (The Passbook Must Burn!), 2014

7 life-cast arms holding pass books; Bronze and copper shim
Edition of 5
This is part of a limited edition set.
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Johannesburg, Cape Town, London
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Hank Willis Thomas
American, b. 1976
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Conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas uses photography to explore issues of identity, history, race, and class. Inspired by the works of Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, and his mother, photographer Deborah Willis, he employs language and familiar imagery to address issues that are often overlooked in our pop culture-obsessed, consumerist culture. Appropriated print advertisements from 1968—a landmark year in the Civil Rights Movement—are stripped of their context to open up questions of cultural stereotypes and the way the media perpetuates them, while in the series “Branded” he inverts the work, adding contemporary ad copy to provocative images. “In recent years I have approached my art practice assuming the role of a visual culture archaeologist,” Thomas has said. “I am interested in the ways that popular imagery informs how people perceive themselves and others around the world.”

Hank Willis Thomas, ‘Die Dompas Moet Brand! (The Passbook Must Burn!)’, 2014, Goodman Gallery
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Hank Willis Thomas, ‘Die Dompas Moet Brand! (The Passbook Must Burn!)’, 2014, Goodman Gallery
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Hank Willis Thomas
American, b. 1976
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Conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas uses photography to explore issues of identity, history, race, and class. Inspired by the works of Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, and his mother, photographer Deborah Willis, he employs language and familiar imagery to address issues that are often overlooked in our pop culture-obsessed, consumerist culture. Appropriated print advertisements from 1968—a landmark year in the Civil Rights Movement—are stripped of their context to open up questions of cultural stereotypes and the way the media perpetuates them, while in the series “Branded” he inverts the work, adding contemporary ad copy to provocative images. “In recent years I have approached my art practice assuming the role of a visual culture archaeologist,” Thomas has said. “I am interested in the ways that popular imagery informs how people perceive themselves and others around the world.”

Die Dompas Moet Brand! (The Passbook Must Burn!), 2014

7 life-cast arms holding pass books; Bronze and copper shim
Edition of 5
This is part of a limited edition set.
Contact For Price
Location
Johannesburg, Cape Town, London
Have a question? Visit our help center.
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
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